Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Verse for Today Blog - Galatians 4:4-5 (click to read)
"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship."
Read all of Galatians 4
This is a great verse to remember during the Christmas holidays. It reminds that God knew exactly what He was doing. As He is God Almighty... He not only created all things, but also governs all things to fulfill the purposes. He was directing the events of history and even those of the geo-political landscape in anticipation of of the coming Christ.
Things were ready prophetically. As per Daniel's prophecy, nations had risen and fallen and now was the time for the Kingdom God to become established on earth. Things were read practically. Among of the benefits of the Greek-Roman World was universal language (Greek). Another was ease of transportation (roads/ships).
This is all part of what was meant by the phrase "When the time had fully come." When everything was set, God sent forth His Son...born of a woman, born under law for the express purpose of fulfilling our redemption.... "to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption to sonship."
In short, this is the gospel. Hallelujah, What a Savior!
John 3:16,17 makes the same point:
16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."